Raising money to give patients who are too weak for heart surgery another chance at life

For 54-year-old Celia Coote, being diagnosed with a faulty mitral heart valve could have spelled tragedy. Following major surgery for a severe illness, Celia was too weak to have more invasive surgery to correct the valve.

But experts at our hospitals knew that without some form of treatment, Celia would not survive. Thanks to an extraordinary piece of equipment called a MitraClip®, doctors and nurses were able to fix the leaking valve without surgery and save Celia’s life. In fact, they have saved the lives of hundreds of people like Celia, who would not have survived open heart surgery for reasons such as suffering from chronic lung
disease or recovering from cancer.

Mitral valve disease is rapidly emerging as a major cause of death in the UK. MitraClip procedures can extend people’s lives by decades, but the NHS has decided to withdraw its funding for the device.

That means people too weak for surgery will have no options left.

We are raising £175,000 to buy ten MitraClip procedures. Will you help?

What exactly is a MitraClip?

The MitraClip® device is a small metal clip covered with fabric that is implanted onto a person’s mitral valve. The clip is inserted through a catheter tube, so there’s no need to open the chest or to temporarily stop the heart, as happens in more invasive heart surgery. It is a relatively new ‘keyhole’ technique that allows repair of the mitral valve through a small puncture in the groin. Once inside the heart, the device clips together a
small area of the mitral valve to stop or reduce
life-threatening leaks.

What are the benefits?

Aside from the main and obvious benefit of saving the lives of people who are too poorly or weak for surgery, the procedure:

- Reduces the time patients spend in hospital. Patients can often return home the next day, helping them return to normal life sooner and saving the NHS bed space and money.

- Reduces the likelihood that the patient will need continued care within the community once they return home.